Go Big For the Big Game With Candy Ice Cream Cakes

The kitchen is where I get creative and I love it, especially when I get to get creative with dessert. This #BigGameTreats shop, with my desserts for the holiday that celebrates football as my friend’s adorable daughter calls it, has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Be forewarned, you will want to make this easy cake ALL THE TIME.
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10 Easy Valentine’s Day Class Party Ideas

So every year there is a sucker and this year that sucker was me. I am of course, speaking of the job of class parent. It’s up to me to throw three holiday (but not holiday specific parties a year.) Each one needs to be amusing enough for twenty kids, not involve anything messy, take less than five minutes to set up, but be thirty minutes long. Yeah.

But my favorite one is coming up, the Valentine’s Party! Not only do I get to involve the actual holiday but it’s also the last one. With two under my belt, I know what works and what doesn’t. So now, I am sharing the best tips with you.

Here’s the top ten for easy Valentine’s Class Party tips!
Valentines Class Parties
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My New Favorite Thing is Me

This post was sponsored by domain.ME and is part of the #ThisIsMe campaign; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

There’s something about turning forty that makes you ponder things. My fortieth is actually in 2016 but as I reflected upon 2014 and the choices and things that had happened, a theme of wanting to do better emerged. And while I was would like to do better in parenting and marriage and cooking and so on, one of the things I really want to do better in 2015 is take care of my, myself, and I.

This is ME recognizing that I am the only person who knows what’s best for ME. And when I am happy to be ME, I am happier and a better spouse, mother, and friend to those around ME. At the end of the day if I don’t take care of ME, I am doing a disservice to those around ME and of course, ME. It feels weird to say ME, ME, ME and celebrate ME but I like ME and I need to treat myself as well as I treat others.

So these are my ME resolutions for 2015:
1. Get my eyebrows waxed on a regular basis. At the very least I can do that every five weeks. It’s worth the $20!
2. Go to a real hairdresser and spend more than $10 on a haircut.
3. Find a doctor, not a resident this time, and get back on track healthwise.
4. Don’t wait for my husband to tell me to go out. If I want to go see a movie on the weekend, do it.
5. Give myself a break when it comes to parenting. I am not the worst mother in the world.
6. Treat myself like I would my friends.
7. Exercise, not to get skinny, but because it feels good, physically and mentally.
8. Throw out clothes that don’t fit
9. Get a massage for godsake! At least one!
10. Make more friends. And spend more time with the ones I have.
11. Clean the house once and for all because it feels better when it’s done.
12. Make travel more of a priority.
13. Learn to meditate.
14. Take up yoga on a regular basis again. Actually study it this time.
15. Write more!!!

I hope you will join ME!
What are your own ME resolutions?

Today’s post was inspired by “ME Day” which was created by domain.ME. “ME Day” will be held March 16, 2015, and is meant to “celebrate the values of diversity, tolerance and freedom, as well as self-appreciation and importance of taking care of ourselves”. You can read more about “ME Day” on their site. You could even get a customized domain.ME in celebration of “ME Day”.

Prepare for Paddington With Chuck E Cheese

I so bummed that people don’t seem more excited about the Paddington Bear movie! Am I the only one who was obsessed with Paddington Bear as a child? I mean it’s a bear in a yellow coat, what’s not to love?

Also bumming me out, the fact that I am just now writing about the Paddington Bear promotion Chuck E Cheese has going right now. They sent me a card to use back in December for a visit and we weren’t able to get there until right before school let out. I am kicking myself because it’s such a great deal.

(For free) you get an adorable Paddington luggage tag and three tokens (though they didn’t give those to us, harumph) and then every time you bring the tag back before the 16th, you get three more free tokens. And how cute is the tag?

Paddington Bear at Chuck E Cheese

Scurry on over to Chuck E Cheese to get your own and come back next week with your tag to celebrate the movie opening. I know a lot of people are Chuck fans but I find it’s a great place to unwind with your kiddos, especially on cold days like the ones a lot of the country is having right now. The high was 8 degrees yesterday here in Columbia, MO!

We try to do the Chuck on week days, especially right after school lets out. It’s a more chill time when you are really able to enjoy being there with your kids. Here’s some more thoughts on what I love about Chuck E Cheese.

365 Kids : Week One

Last year I resolved to take a picture of my kids everyday. Even with smart phones, I find myself only clicking occasionally. And often those are the “big” times. The beauty of digital photography is that you can capture as much as you want. I want to preserve as much of every day life as we can.
I dropped the ball last year early on but this year I recommitting. Of course that means my phone started dying every other day. Life! Still, images from week one of 2015. Follow along on Instagram at #365kids.

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To Feingold or Not to Feingold

The Feingold Diet is occupying my mind these days. One of my focus areas on my list of resolutions and commitments is how we eat. But I wasn’t expecting to concentrate on it so soon. Then I came to terms with the fact that at least one, and probably both, of my girls has ADHD.

The Feingold Diet is supposed to curb many ADHD and ADD and even Autism behaviors. A friend of mine has used it with great success. At first I will all bandwagoned up and then I checked out the site and saw it’s $70 for PDFs.

I mean I get it. Websites don’t pay for themselves and materials cost money and so on. Yet I am still having problems paying for something that I have so little understanding off. The main points seems to be avoiding artificial dyes (which we do) and preservatives (which we could be better about). Then there are things like getting rid of corn syrup, MSG, HVP, etc. The thing I was not familiar with was the elimination of salicylates (which occur naturally in foods like citrus.)

There’re a lot I would do to make life better for my girls but I also want to make sure I am putting my money where it will be best spent. Especially since we will be covering more therapy costs than we did last year. What I am going to do is work on weaning us completely off of processed foods. And doing some small scale elimination work.

Also, couldn’t they write a book, sell it on Amazon, and just sell access to the website for updated lists?

Tackling Those Resolutions

Happy new year! Yeah, I know it was last week but the first Monday back at school is my new year. I mean I did write out all of my resolutions on the first but today is the day I start to put them into action. In partnership with Minute Clinic, this sponsored post is about a few ways to get a jump start on goals for 2015!
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And Then There’s This

The invitation to my friend’s New Year’s Day party said “2015, Be Better.”
I feel you, boy do I feel you.

At the beginning of the December, we found out that daughter one needs two different therapy appointments a week, appointments that aren’t covered by insurance. And then the next day we found out that the school wants to pull assistance.

Then daughter two was diagnosed with ADHD. In the four years we have been in and out of testing this has never been suggested. But it’s not totally shocking because
SQUIRREL

But I digress. I am not sure why ADHD has thrown me for such a loop. In comparison to the other issues she is dealing with, ADHD is relatively mild. There is a lot that can be done for it. It is something that can be managed, something that we can teach her about. There’s so much information out there.

And that’s probably the issue; I am overwhelmed with information. Diet, meds, non meds, essential oils, magnesium, therapy, books, guides, etc. Where to start?

Tomorrow is the real New Year start for me. I always delay until the school start because who can get all resolutionie and productive when the kids are running you ragged at the end of winter break. So Monday morning, I will get back on the horse and make lists and look into oils and find out what therapy is going to cost and so on and so on.

Let’s talk about purging

The word purging has a lot of negative connotations, but there’s something perfect about it when it comes to letting go of your belongings. Let’s face it, we all own too much. And possessions drag us down. There’s a reason that Marley wears a chain of moneyboxes in A Christmas Carol.

Last year I participated in a Facebook group challenge to purge 2014 things in 2014 and I resigned up again this year. I just now realized they have actual defined missions and printables, so I am doing my best to follow along and let them guide my decluttering.

Join me won’t you?

First official #2015in2015 purge. More info #ontheblog! #resolutions

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Fight! Fight! Fight!

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This morning I was once again awakened by the gentle, dulcet tones of World War Three, aka a twin fight. These two girls of mine love each other so much but you could never tell it from their almost constant fighting. This morning, I just could not take it anymore and ended up sending them both to their rooms and declaring it a screen free day. But they can’t stay apart forever and let’s face it, mama needs them to have screen time again at some point. So, tell me internets, what can I do?
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